Due to the recent and growing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we wanted to assure you that we are taking extra steps to keep our staff and visitors to our office safe and healthy. Currently, the risk to residents in Chicago still remains low even though the governor has declared a state of emergency in the State of Illinois.

Since the precautionary COVID-19 measures are beginning to impact daily life across the U.S., including workplace closures, we are keeping a close eye on the changing environment. We do not expect any interruptions to our continuity of service. Our Business Continuity Plan includes a Pandemic Preparedness Plan which has been thoroughly tested. We have extensive remote access technologies that will allow each employee, advisor, and portfolio manager to work outside of the office in a secure environment.

In the event we are forced to close our offices and work remotely, we will still have uninterrupted access to email and we can still be reached by calling our main numbers. For the Chicago office, 312-580-0900, or 847-831-8831 for our Highland Park office. You will be prompted to our directory where you can enter the extension of the person you would like to speak with.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

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